Wheatley Park School
Miraculously it seems, we are already halfway through the academic year. The improvements in behaviour for learning are now becoming firmly embedded in classrooms. On a recent visit, Mr Price, headteacher of fellow River Learning Trust school, Cherwell, commented on a ‘palpable sense around the school that general standards are just being raised.’
Now most students have adjusted to these higher standards, we are seeing the number of removals from lessons and detentions dropping week by week. Detentions (which now take place at lunchtimes) are not issued for disruptive behaviour but for missing homework or equipment - both areas that I am sure parents and carers are eager to support us with. To this end, we intend to start emailing home whenever a student receives a detention from the start of next term. We hope this will help parents and carers support the minority of students whose disorganisation can sometimes be a barrier to learning. Equally, we also intend to highlight the positives by emailing notification when students receive ‘Purple Postcards’ for exhibiting the school values. With the ‘basics’ of good organisation, behaviour, effort and attendance in place, I am confident we will see the high quality teaching practice within the school translating into even better future examination outcomes.
The drive for outcomes can sometimes be in conflict with the drive to provide a rich school experience, but I believe we continue to manage that tension well. This term, examples of Everyone Learning and Everyone Caring in the widest sense include: delivering a top notch school production of Beauty and the Beast; reaching the final of the U13 county football championships; this year’s Young Enterprise team, ‘Marbelous’, winning best product at a trade fair in Cowley; and more sixth-form students completing their Duke of Edinburgh gold award. We were also proud to feature in a recent Google Edu blog for our chromebook programme, which we thank parents and carers for embracing so readily.
Finally, thank you to all parents and carers who responded to January’s uniform consultation. In response to your feedback, we are adapting plans to reduce proposed costs while maintaining a smarter look. Further details will follow next term.
Bulletin - Spring Term 1
It's been another action packed show season here at WPS! Beauty and the Beast was a firm favourite with cast members old(er!) and young right from the off, with heaps of enthusiasm being shown from all students involved. Everyone has shown true determination, learning tricky vocal lines, dance moves, band parts and stage cues, whilst also showing commitment to rehearsals and kindness towards each other. Opening night was a huge success with sold out audiences! Well done and thank you to all involved!
My favorite dance in Beauty and the Beast was 'Gaston' because everyone was in character and the audience loved it so much.
I also liked 'Something There' because it is such a sweet song, my other favourites were 'Belle' and 'Be Our Guest'.
By Joleen Kalaja, 8HAL
My favourite character in this year’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” would have to be Lumiere. I think that Scarlett’s French accent was extremely good and I thought she looked very graceful and elegant when she was dancing. I also loved her gold outfit and the way she stood whilst acting. She definitely portrayed the character very well. It was very hard to choose my favourite character as all of them were amazing.
Jemimah Robertshaw, 8HAL
This is my first show here at Wheatley Park and the cast are so kind. They have worked so hard these past few months. I’m really impressed by the singing and dancing and I think that this year’s production has been amazing!
Gracie Cook, 8HAL
SCHOOL PRODUCTION -
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
END OF SPRING TERM 1
Sun 18-Tue 20.02.18
BEGINNING OF SPRING TERM 2 - WEEK 1
PTA Parent Talk, Farndell Library, 7.30-9.30pm
Year 9 Risk Taking Behaviour Carousel, 8am-3pm
Year 8 Science Oxford Day, 8am-3pm
Year 8 guided choices evening, 6-8pm
Fri 23-Sun 25.02.18
Year 10 Spanish Trip to Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz)
QUIZ NIGHT FOR WORLD CHALLENGE,7-10PM
YEAR 13 A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY COURSEWORK VISIT, 8.30AM-6PM
YEAR 11 GCSE ART TRIP, TATE MODERN, 8.30AM-4PM
SIXTH FORM DRAMA TRIP 'HEDDA GABLER', 1-7PM
YEAR 11 PARENTS' EVENING, 4.30-7.30PM
YEAR 12 UK UNIVERSITY AND APPRETICESHIP FAIR TRIP, 8AM-4.30PM
YEAR 12 & 13 PARENTS' EVENING, 4.30-7.30PM
YEAR 12 A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY COURSEWORK VISIT 2, 9AM-6PM
BLETCHLEY PARK CODING AND CIPHERS TRIP, 8.30AM-3.30PM
YEAR 8 PARENTS' EVENING, 4.30-7.30PM
GETTING COURT TRIP, 8.30AM-3PM
YEAR 11,12,13 SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS, 8.30AM-1PM
YEAR 8 PEGASUS THEATRE PERFORMANCE ' UNDER MY SKIN', 8.30-10AM
YEAR 9 IMMUNISATIONS, 9AM-12NOON
MATHS FEAST, 3-6PM
DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE TRAINING, 8.30AM-6PM
SPORT RELIEF EVENT AND MILE, 8.30AM-5PM
PTA RACE NIGHT, 7.30-10PM
UP FOR DEBATE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, LONDON, 8AM-6.30PM
STOP AND THINK DAY 4, 8.30AM-3PM
MATHS ALUMNI YEAR 11 COACHING DAY, 8.30AM-3PM
END OF SPRING TERM 2, 3PM
BEGININNG OF SUMMER TERM 1, week 1